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To be frank, if I had sent an email asking to work from home, in a company where it was not a norm, that reply was something I'd expect. And assuming the response was along the lines of the one you mentioned, there's a lot of ground for persuasion. They never said "no", did they? Ask him if he'd be open for a discussion. Then, it's up to your persuasion skills. Read some articles about working from home, and remember some positive points which you could use. And don't assume that your boss was lying to you. He may not know about the person who worked from home. Point it out, in a way that normalizes his lack of information and doesn't blame him. Sorry for the long post, and good luck.
Let me put this in context for you a little here...
I left my previous job for 2 reasons:
1. I didn't like the company culture and they way they treated us.
2. The traffic to work and back was an absolute nightmare and it took me an hour to get to work/home.
With those things in mind, I made it abundantly clear to the recruiment clowns that I would like something closer to home or even to possibly work from home.
There's a few more complications which arose and perhaps a few (incorrect) assumptions that were made prior, during and following my joining the new company, which I have subsequently discussed with management since... in person! Sorry, but I don't believe in dealing with this kind of thing over email, and so all of the above has been discussed in person.
Anyway, now I find myself having to be at work for 9 and half hours a day, add to that over an hour to work and another hour or more to get home again... that means I'm either going to work/home or at work for almost HALF of my day! So pardon me for being slightly fucked off that when I tried my damndest to better my situation by leaving my previous job that I now still find myself in pretty much the same pile of steaming 💩.
Getting back to your reply. No, they didn't say "No" outright. But in the same breath, there also doesn't to be a desire to even meet me halfway with some sort of compromise... or at least, that's the feeling I get. "Let me go and think about it" is esstenitally management's way of saying "go away". This is the part that really pisses me off... SEE ABOVE RANT!
Try having a middle way. Start 1/2 days home and going to office the other days
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